Western Slope Obituaries 3-22-10
Loran S. Lampshire, age 70 of Fruita, Colo., passed away Feb. 18, 2010 at the Hospice Care Center.
He was born June 24, 1939 in Grand Junction, Colo., to William J. and Ella A. (Stewart) Lampshire. He spent his childhood in Grand Junction, attending Central High School. He attended junior college and became a Petroleum Inspector. He later became a sheep rancher, which he continued to do until his death. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1961, when he was honorably discharged in Hawaii. He continued to live in Hawaii, later moving to Bakersfield, Calif., and Mesquite, Nev., before returning to Fruita, Colo., in 1987. On October 24, 1985, he married Carolyn Williams.
Loran was the President of Mesa County Wool Growers and a member of Colorado Wool Growers. He had a passion for horses and enjoyed working with animals. Loran loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Meeting with friends for dinner or a drink was something Loran did often. He always had words of wisdom to share with them. “Life is Wonderful” was one of his favorite sayings; if anyone ever complained about their life, he was sure to let them know that they were blessed to be given the gift of life. He lived his with zeal!
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; sons, Loran Glenn Lampshire of Grand Junction, Colo.; William “Billy” John Lampshire of Fruita, Colo.; and Thomas “Tommy” James Lampshire of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Moria Linda Lampshire of Mesquite, Nev.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, and brothers; Alberta, Elsie, Fern, Jack.
Services were held Feb. 27, 2010 at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
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